Poor man’s fishing

When my good friend Josh threw an invitation my way this week to go fishing, I immediately agreed after details were given of his newfound adventure. Our typical fishing excursions include casting off a local shoreline or dock. This time, Josh was introducing a raft.

We unloaded the car at Red Reef Park, in Boca Raton, and blew up the four person raft. After carrying it over to the shoreline, we loaded the raft with all our gear and paddled south in the Intracoastal.

A few casts later, Josh reeled in a grunt accompanied with a goofy grin. Moments after his catch, I felt my line tug and I pulled up a decent size wrasse. It was the start of a good fishing trip.

The day landed us a couple of grunts and wrasses, two grouper hookups, six manatee sightings and dual sunburns. We ended the trip following a large school of jack that left us bait-less, and then decided to call it a day.

As we paddled back to our launching area, a friendly resident clued us in on the enormous snapper and snook that hover beneath her private dock. We quickly agreed that spot was on our agenda for the next adventure down the Intracoastal.

Josh and his first catch of the day.
If your paycheck doesn’t put you in the
market for a boat, a little paddling in a
raft is the ticket to an enjoyable day of fishing!
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